Project Nunway: The Sisters' sartorial celebration returns

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Tuesday May 16, 2023
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Project Nunway with The Sisters (photo: Gooch)
Project Nunway with The Sisters (photo: Gooch)

Holy haute couture! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's popular Project Nunway fashion show fundraiser returns May 26, and this time, the eleventh edition will be held in a former church, St. Joseph's Art Society.

This year's fashion extravaganza will showcase the theme "Sanctuary," inviting designers to explore the concept of safety, refuge, and healing through their runway looks. Each designer gets paired up with a Sister, who will walk the runway wearing their fabulous creations.

Project Nunway will also include drinks, DJed music and auction items. The winner of a Bay Area Reporter Bestie award, the glamorous event combines the worlds of fashion and philanthropy, featuring unique runway looks created from recycled and repurposed materials.

Project Nunway with The Sisters (photo: Gooch)  

"Sanctuary is a powerful theme that speaks to the heart of our community," said event producer Sister Hera Sees Candy in a press statement. "We want to use the art of fashion to create a space where everyone can feel safe, celebrated, and empowered."

Previous Project Nunway events have been held at SOMArts Cultural Center, YBCA's Forum, and various nightclubs. St. Joseph's Art Society will this year provide a beautiful visual metaphor paired with the Sanctuary theme.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns who believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty. All proceeds from the event benefit The Sisters organization, which gives grants to underfunded organizations and provides vital resources and support to marginalized communities.

"Project Nunway is hands down one of my favorite Sisters events," says Sister Roma. "I am always amazed by the creativity of these designer/Sister teams, and I just know this is going to be our best year yet."

This year's event promises to be a night to remember, with a diverse lineup of designers, entertainers, celebrity judges, and fierce models. Guests can also participate in silent auctions, enjoy VIP experiences, and party the night away with everyone's favorite drag nuns.

Project Nunway 11: Sanctuary, $50-$150. May 26, 7pm-11pm. St. Joseph's Art Society, 1401 Howard Street.

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